LOS ANGELES, California—Purdue junior forward Robbie Hummel was once again recognized as one of college basketball's finest on Monday when the John R. Wooden Award committee released its list of finalists for this year's honor.
Monday's announcement marked the second time in his career that Hummel has been named a finalist for the Wooden Award, one of college basketball most prestigious accolades. In addition to their on-court exploits, all 26 finalists have proven that they are making progress toward graduation while maintaining at least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average.
A member of the Wooden Award midseason watch list, Hummel was named to the first team for the second time in his career this season, making him just the 21st player in Purdue history to garner multiple first-team All-Big Ten honors. Despite suffering a season-ending knee injury on Feb. 24, he currently leads the league in free throw percentage (.902), and ranks fourth in defensive rebounds (5.3), sixth in both total rebounds (6.9) and blocked shots (1.0) and seventh in points (15.7) per game.
The Valparaiso, Ind., native posted eight double-doubles on the season, led Purdue in scoring eight times and paced the team in rebounds on 13 occasions. He had a streak of 20-consecutive games with at least 10 points during the campaign, and set a program record in the early stages of the season by making 36-consecutive free throws.
Hummel also broke the 1,000-point and 500-rebound milestones for his career during the season, becoming just the 19th player in program history to reach both markers.
In addition to his first-team All-Big Ten selection, he was named a third-team All-American by FoxSports.com, a USBWA All-District V pick, a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, while also earning inclusion on the midseason watch list the Naismith Trophy.
The 34th-annual Wooden Award ceremony will take place on April 9, 2010.
2010 John R. Wooden Award finalists
Cole Aldrich, Jr., Kansas
Al-Farouq Aminu, So., Wake Forest
James Anderson, Jr., Oklahoma State
Matt Bouldin, Sr., Gonzaga
Da'Sean Butler, Sr., West Virginia
Sherron Collins, Sr., Kansas
DeMarcus Cousins, Fr., Kentucky
Jimmer Fredette, Jr., BYU
Luke Harangody, Sr., Notre Dame
Gordon Hayward, So., Butler
Lazar Hayward, Sr., Marquette